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The German King (2019)

The unbelievable true story of Rudolf Manga Bell, an African king who leads a rebellion against Kaiser Wilhelm II's oppressive colonial rule at the start of World War 1.
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The unbelievable true story of Rudolf Douala Manga Bell, an African King who leads a rebellion against Kaiser Wilhelm II's oppressive colonial rule at the start of World War 1.

Director: Adetokumboh M'Cormack
Stars: Adetokumboh M'Cormack
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Credited cast:
Scottie Thompson ... Empress Augusta Victoria
Adetokumboh M'Cormack ... King Rudolf
James Troup ... Martin-Paul Samba
Constance Ejuma ... Queen Emily
Christopher Lamm ... Kaiser's Guard
Raphael Corkhill ... Kaiser Wilhelm II
Kwabena Darkwah ... Alexandre
Markus Jorgensen ... Otto Gleim
Hanna Sturwold Hanna Sturwold ... German Maid
John W. Harden John W. Harden ... African Chief with Wooden Staff
Lenny Juma Lenny Juma ... Douala Chief
Jude Yong ... Ibrahim Njoya
Jumoke Warritay Jumoke Warritay ... Lady with envelope
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The unbelievable true story of Rudolf Manga Bell, an African king who leads a rebellion against Kaiser Wilhelm II's oppressive colonial rule at the start of World War 1.

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20 July 2019 (USA) See more »

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another unknown hero
24 August 2019 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. This is not a well-known story, but history is chock full of individuals who stood strong when times were dire. These courageous souls deserve to have their stories told.

Writer-director-producer Adetokumboh M'Cormack brings us one of these stories, and he is even his own lead actor, starring as Rudolph Manga Bell, a Duala King in Cameroon. Bell was a man of principle who inspired his people to resist the German takeover. The year was 1914, and World War I had only recently begun. The film is based on the true story of Kaiser Wilhelm's attempt to assume total power and control from Bell. When the Duala King resisted, the Germans made a martyr of him.

The 18 minute film is structured around Rudolph's final letter to his son Alexandre, who 30 years later would assume the position his father once held. Rudolph's letter to his son cautioned that history may judge him a traitor, but the respected king explained his motivation ... something that inspired his son and generations of Cameroon people. The film is well made and tells an important story that deserves to be more than a footnote in history books.


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